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Digging Deeper: Pentatonic Chords

April 12, 2014
If you think pentatonics are just for blues-rock riffs, think again.
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Beyond Blues: Jimmy Herring's Twisted Jams

April 5, 2014
Get inside the mind of one of the most creative improvisers playing guitar today.
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Electric Etudes: Jimmy Page

March 29, 2014
Unlock the secrets of one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
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Future Rock: Hybrid Picking

March 22, 2014
Break through technique barriers with these five essential hybrid licks.
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Acoustic Adventures: Leo Kottke's Invisible Thumb

March 15, 2014
Discover the secrets of fingerstyle master Leo Kottke.
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Rhythm Rules: Chops, Speed, and Rhythm

March 8, 2014
Exorcise all your technique demons with a few simple exercises.
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Beyond Blues: Progressive Progressions

March 1, 2014
Learn how to improvise your rhythm guitar parts and make your blues progressions more interesting.
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Electric Etudes: Jason Becker

February 22, 2014
Explore the tricks and techniques that made Jason Becker one of the most influential shredders of the Shrapnel era.
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Style Guide: All About Arpeggios

February 15, 2014
Play more melodic—and meaningful—solos by exploiting the sound of arpeggios.
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Beyond Blues: Danny Gatton's Musical Gumbo

February 8, 2014
Within a single solo, Danny Gatton would touch on everything from jazz and country to blues and rock. Learn how he did it.
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Digging Deeper: Inside the Harmonic Minor Scale

February 1, 2014
From Yngwie to Primus, artists in nearly every genre have dabbled with the mysterious and sometimes dissonant sound of the harmonic minor scale.
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Jazz Boot Camp: Soloing with Triads

January 18, 2014
Learn how George Van Eps and Alan Reuss harnessed the power of the triad in their solos.
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Beyond Blues: Danny Gatton's Organ Blues

January 4, 2014
Brush up on your hybrid picking and learn some of Danny Gatton’s trickiest riffs.
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Digging Deeper: Recycling Licks

December 28, 2013
With a few minor tweaks you can make a single lick work in nearly every context.
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Rhythm Rules: Brazilian Guitar 101

December 21, 2013
Blend syncopated rhythms with jazzy chords and delve into the world of Brazilian guitar.
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Fretboard Workshop: 10 Essential Turnarounds

December 14, 2013
Go deep inside extended harmony by adding tritone subs, contrary motion, and pedal tones to your turnarounds.
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Beyond Blues: Standard-Tuned Slide

December 7, 2013
Learn how to cop cool slide licks in the style of Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks—without having to retune your axe.
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Future Rock: Shred Those Sequences

November 30, 2013
Harness the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic power of sequences to create more interesting lines.
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Rhythm Rules: Polyrhythms 101

November 23, 2013
Sound like two guitarists playing at once with a few simple—but very effective—exercises.
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Fretboard Workshop: Non-Chord-Tone Soloing

November 16, 2013
Take a few triads and throw in some non-chord tones to make your solos more interesting.
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